To think you can still eat food with salt in it after a c-section?

(82 Posts)
Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 21:02:22

Prepared to be told I'm wrong. So, is food with salt allowed after a c-section? Assuming there are no hypertension problems or other problems.

TeeHollyandTeeIvy Fri 23-Nov-12 21:03:25

Yes. You can eat whatever you want after a CS.

CarpeJugulum Fri 23-Nov-12 21:03:44

No one told me it wasn't?!

Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 21:04:36

Hmm. So she IS just being a fucking bitch as always.

Posterofapombear Fri 23-Nov-12 21:04:52

Never heard of this. I wolfed down a ton of it after mine grin

PandaNot Fri 23-Nov-12 21:05:08

I can't see why not, and I've had two sections. No one has told me not to. confused

Loislane78 Fri 23-Nov-12 21:05:17

Why do you think you would you not be able to? Unless you have some medical reasons etc., its totes fine.

DorsetKnob Fri 23-Nov-12 21:05:47

Two sections here and that is a new one on me.

TeeHollyandTeeIvy Fri 23-Nov-12 21:05:54

I mean, they made me wait about 12 hours after mine before I could eat anything I wanted, but there was no restriction about salt.

Mrsjay Fri 23-Nov-12 21:05:55

who told you not to and why ? not that I had a section just wondering

CaliforniaLeaving Fri 23-Nov-12 21:05:59

Yes, I had no restrictions on food and ate everything I could get my hands on I was starving.

Heavywheezing Fri 23-Nov-12 21:06:57

unless you are going to rub it on your scar, I can't see why not

Mrsjay Fri 23-Nov-12 21:08:36

come on fakebook enlighten us ,

Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 21:09:16

My sil had a baby yesterday. I made her chicken soup today and sent it in with my dad. My brother just bought it back and said she can't eat it because its got salt in it and the doctors have told her not to eat salt as it will infect her section scar. hmm

I sent in a whole bag of unused clothes of my ds's aswell. No thanks or anything.

Loislane78 Fri 23-Nov-12 21:10:47

That's priceless, since when has ingested salt infected scars? hmm

Mrsjay Fri 23-Nov-12 21:11:08

salt infecting a scar confused old doctor told me years ago to have a salt bath too avoind infection in my stomach scars, that really is a new one on me

LalyRawr Fri 23-Nov-12 21:11:19

I thought salt was a disinfectant?

Salt in wounds hurts like hell, but it cleans it!

TeeHollyandTeeIvy Fri 23-Nov-12 21:11:26

She's insane. Just keep telling yourself that. And an ungrateful cow.

Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 21:11:50

She's just doing it because she hates me. What a bitch. Now my DH is getting pissed off with me ranting about it.

KermitRuffinsTrumpet Fri 23-Nov-12 21:11:58

I'll have your chicken soup grin


She sounds like a shiteater.

ImAlpharius Fri 23-Nov-12 21:12:09

Isn't salt good to ward against infections?

DorsetKnob Fri 23-Nov-12 21:13:49

Salt is great for wounds.

TeeHollyandTeeIvy Fri 23-Nov-12 21:13:57

That is true. When you have oral surgery they tell you to gargle with salt water to prevent infection.

She's a cow.

Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 21:14:08

Yes. Salt is a preservative and prevents things from going off. I was going to send in my arnica tablets too, but I'll let the bitch suffer the pain now.

Mrsjay Fri 23-Nov-12 21:14:13

yes salt is a natural cleanser you are supposed to gargle with salt after getting a tooth out. your SIL was being weird and ill have your soup

Loislane78 Fri 23-Nov-12 21:15:39

she'll barely be eating anything next time you see her given there's trace salt in practically everything!

Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 21:17:43

DH is about to eat it now. He says it tastes fine. This is one more long run of shitty things she's done to me.

EugenesAxe Fri 23-Nov-12 21:20:13

I had my nose pierced about two days before I went to the Dead Sea. Neatest and best healed hole in my body ever.

I had stitches (2nd degree tear) and I doused it in saline solution everytime I went to the loo. Healed fine.

Not liking your food... indifferent. Thinking you are stupid enough to buy her excuse... hostile all the way. I think your DH should lay off the criticism really.

IAmLouisWalsh Fri 23-Nov-12 21:20:28

Fucking hell. Send her some laxative chocolate, the ungrateful cow.

ledkr Fri 23-Nov-12 21:20:55

Just don't bother. My sil is the same. I've tried but no more.

I had a CS and hypertension and I ate salt so there SIL.

Oblomov Fri 23-Nov-12 21:21:44

She is an ungrateful nutter.

Loislane78 Fri 23-Nov-12 21:22:03

Well, she might not have eaten your soup but you made a v nice gesture and at least you're not stoopid enough to come up with what has to be the most ridiculous excuse I've heard for a while.

Pickles77 Fri 23-Nov-12 21:23:35

Just think of her enjoying her yummy hospital food fakebook wink

Posterofapombear Fri 23-Nov-12 21:24:57

She is in for a bland couple of weeks them because you are going to have to tell everyone that she can't have salt and remind them frequently aren't you? For her own good too wink

Mrsjay Fri 23-Nov-12 21:26:28

Oh wait Does salt bloat you maybe she has been told that I remember reading something somewhere about salt bloating you after an operation honestly but I wish i could remember the exact details

Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 21:27:37

What pisses me off even more is that my brother is that stupid too.

Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 21:29:27

Mrs jay if that's true, then I'll take back all my rude comments on this thread.

What a weird bitch.

Fakebook ill be your sil, I've had 2 sections and having a 3rd in 3 wks and I've never been told to avoid salt, that would have ruined my home coming kebab after ds! Haha.

Keep the arnica, it really did do wonders after my 2nd section, she doesn't deserve the amazingness of It, or your kindness.

Lougle Fri 23-Nov-12 21:31:03

She may have been told to limit her salt intake to reduce/prevent oedema.

Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 21:41:44

Thank You stateofconfusion. I don't think she deserves my kindness either.

Ligule, if my brother had said it was for oedema I would have understood. He pointed to his stomach and said the doctors say it will infect her cut.

boomting Fri 23-Nov-12 21:42:57

C-Sections are fundamentally just abdominal surgery. I have had surgery before, dad has recently had abdominal surgery . . . and no one has ever mentioned anything about salt to us.

Anyway, people use a salt & water solution, dabbed directly on, to prevent infection and promote the healing of new piercings.

Someone's spinning BS.

VikingLady Fri 23-Nov-12 22:03:23

If she is as bad as she sounds, why did you send her the baby clothes?! She could whistle foe help from me, with that attitude grin

GrumpyCynicalBastard Fri 23-Nov-12 22:06:25

It's piffle. I've recently had abdominal surgery and as soon as I was able I scoffed down a huge smoked salmon sandwich with some lovely salty crisps. I remain in rude good health!

ratspeaker Fri 23-Nov-12 22:08:12

Bacteria and other pathogens cause wound infections.
Not salt ingested in food, which would be filtered out by the body.
If it was because she had high BP, oedema, felt squeamish that's another story.

Maybe the pain relief drugs have made her confused

Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 22:09:15

Because she had asked me for them. Then she told my sister to tell me to give them to her. It's like I'm not allowed to have any more children and hers is the last so I must give her all of ds's clothes.

CaliforniaLeaving Fri 23-Nov-12 22:12:47

She was supposed to eat the Chicken soup not pour it on her wound right? Maybe your Brother forgot to tell her that part.
I'd just ignore her, she's a silly beggar.

Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 22:12:56

Ratspeaker, I wish you were right. I just remembered what she did to my sister and me when her dd2 was born. We went around their house and cooked food for her and dbrother and she sent it back down (was bed ridden for some reason) saying she didn't want to eat it. Can't believe I forgot that. She's just a bitch.

Sneepy Fri 23-Nov-12 22:16:16

She's sending you a message: don't ever try to help. My mad SIL sent it to me many times before it clicked. It's like she doesn't want you to be kind because she doesn't want to have to think well of you. Sorry, sucks to have an SIL like this but try not to let her get under your skin.

ChippingInLovesAutumn Fri 23-Nov-12 22:19:44

You don't have to do what she says you know. There's no way I'd have given her DS's clothes with an attitude like that, no way.

To be honest, if I was your DH I'd probably be fed up of it all by now too.

Stop trying with her, she doesn't deserve it and neither does your brother.

IfYouCanMoveItItsNotBroken Fri 23-Nov-12 22:25:38

What an arse. After my section I was told I could eat after 2.30. At quarter to 3 they came round and offered me half a slice of dry toast. I pointed to the 2 KFC meals I had just devoured and pointed out that I had sent my partner out to fetch them so he would be back at 2.30 precisely, thus not breaking their rules. I doubt I could have chosen a more salty meal (which was its appeal) and it wasn't commented upon (the salt content, not the meal itself!). Would she be the type to laugh behind your back about how gullible and foolish you are? Or is she just stupid enough to think you believe her?

Fakebook Fri 23-Nov-12 22:44:43

She knows I won't believe her and its not true and that's what will make this more enjoyable for her.

She told me the c-section date was 28th November. My brother phoned yesterday and told us she'd had the baby hmm. They didn't ask me (the only relative they have here) to lookafter their Dd's. I can only assume it was all planned for yesterday and they took them in with them or asked someone else to pick them from school, but seems unlikely.

IfYouCanMoveItItsNotBroken Fri 23-Nov-12 23:46:01

You can't get upset over this, it's snide and bitchy and unnecessary. You have 2 options from what I can see, either completely ignore her so you don't appear to be the bitch who has a go at a woman who just gave birth or play her at her own game - "oh, I see, no salt, yes, I've heard that" closely followed by a speech about the new guidelines for the risks posed by 2nd hand clothes which forced you to burn the lot of them. Both know the other is speaking shit but she might not feel she has one over on you. Reading back my advice is crap, in reality I would probably just laugh in her face, there WILL come a time she needs a favour if you're the only local family. Have a shit excuse ready. Bitchiness/ pettiness really makes me want to respond in the same way, bugger taking the high road.

picnicbasketcase Fri 23-Nov-12 23:48:28

Send your brother with a message saying you need the clothes back because you've been told they will cure an ingrown toenail.

stifnstav Fri 23-Nov-12 23:59:11

Did you label it up "Bitch Marinade: to be rubbed into one's wagine/wounds until it stings" because if you did, YABU and just downright mean.

No salt in the wagine/wounds please.

Just in case you don't know, you have to pronounce "wagine" like tagine.

And how rude of her btw. I really want some soup now.

Is she a little bit stupid?

I do actually mean that! Because when I had DD last year I had 2nd degree tears and was told NOT to bathe in salt water or anything else, plain old water only, as it might cause infection in my stitches....

Wondering is SIL was told not to bathe in salt water as it might infect her cut, and she has misunderstood because she's stupid. There is NO way that something you eat can cause a wound problem.

BuddyTheChristmasElf Sat 24-Nov-12 00:14:49

I don't understand how salt can infect a wound?

saline is used to clean wounds in hospitals

what pathogens live in/feed off salt????

differentnameforthis Sat 24-Nov-12 02:29:27

Tell her the idea was she ate it, not poured it on her scar. Stupid women. Her, not you.

Monty27 Sat 24-Nov-12 02:31:55

I'm a non med person but have had 3 cs's.

From memory, salt is to be avoided to keep all swellings down.... ie fluids and feet should always be kept up.

(it was a while ago)

Wheresmypopcorn Sat 24-Nov-12 03:54:14

Why didn't she just throw it out to spare your feelings? Why send it back?

JessieMcJessie Sat 24-Nov-12 04:37:19

And why did your DH present it back to you and not throw it out to preserve your feelings? Sounds like he's a stirrer.

cjbk1 Sat 24-Nov-12 07:02:12

mrsjay please don't "gargle with salt water after having a tooth out" unless you want a painful infection; you need to
wait 24 hours then bathe the area with salt water ie hold it in your mouth over the socket no rinsing or gargling action at all or you'll remove the blood clot and prevent healing. registered dental nurse with ten years experience on maternity leave

Finallygotaroundtoit Sat 24-Nov-12 07:15:30

You were being kind but sending soup in to hospital is a bad idea - no where to heat it up.Food is provided.

Also sending bags of unwanted clothes onto a ward is worse - she doesn't have time to 'sort through' and they will just get in the way.

TeeHollyandTeeIvy Sat 24-Nov-12 07:28:53

Oh yes, that's right, it's the OP's fault that her SIL is an ungrateful cow.

Honestly, what with MN lately? The POs are taking over and bringing the terminally stupid and ungrateful with them.

Chubfuddler Sat 24-Nov-12 07:29:17

Why did you send her this stuff? You're just giving her ammunition to kick you in the teeth (mixing my metaphors but you know what I mean). You don't have to give her your baby clothes just because she demands them. Tell her no.

Chubfuddler Sat 24-Nov-12 07:30:00

I would imagine it was in a thermos. And her sister asked for the clothes.

MammaTJ Sat 24-Nov-12 07:35:35

I have had two C sections, not told not to have salt at all. Told to bath in salt water though, to help heal the wound.

What a bitch!!

Finallygotaroundtoit Sat 24-Nov-12 07:40:10

So home made chicken soup that can't be heated to avoid food poisoning
bags of clothes (that I suspect the SIL wanted before her baby was born) should be gratefully accepted by someone recovering from surgery to spare the ops feelings? confused

ipswichwitch Sat 24-Nov-12 07:52:27

She might have got the clothes before the baby was born if she hadn't lied about her cs date (told op it was 28th)
I had a cs last year and nobody mentioned anything about salt- was hard enough getting food in me given the problems we had never mind scrutinising for salt intake.
fakebook you made a lovely gesture, and wether she appreciated it or not she didn't have to be rude about it. I've had issues with my DB (ad exSIL) before and I ended up taking them to task about it before backing off. On that occasion it was wan out the assumption they could borrow my car to drive to Eastern Europe and the complete indignation when I said no hmm

HoneyDragon Sat 24-Nov-12 07:53:51

Yes. Manners cost nothing.
SiL may not have wanted the soup but could've returned an empty receptacle and thanks.

Not been a nasty grabby indulgent cow baggage. A C-Section is an operation to take out the baby. Not your manners.

CSIJanner Sat 24-Nov-12 08:14:34

I'll put my hands up here - I told my family the wrong date for my c-sectioned despite it being LO2. I didn't want my family to fret & LO1 was due to be in nursery that day anyway. Plus it meant that family members didn't invite themselves to the labour theatre as they did with SIL, much to her distress. But as soon as I was upstairs on maternity ward, I rang every family member personally. I didn't do it to be a cow, but for peace and TBH you have to treat both sides of family members the same.

I've never heard the salt line, but if my SIL had sent around food or cooked for me after coming home, I would had profoundly thanked you. it's a v kind thing to do. She was BU. even if she didn't want it, thank you's should have been sent and your brother could have eaten it!

Lougle Sat 24-Nov-12 08:37:47

Why does the brother get off here? He didn't have to say 'wifey won't eat it...salt, blah blah.' He could have said 'thank you so much, that was lovely of you.'

At any rate, it's odd to send something like soup in for someone you are not on good terms with. Yes, if she's your best friend and she spent the last 10 weeks going on about the fact that all she'll want to eat is soup, but not because you've decided that soup is a good idea.

Again, with the clothes. Is the baby not your brother's child also? Could he not have given thanks on her behalf? The woman has just had major surgery (being commonplace doesn't stop it being major) and you think her main concern should be thanking you for clothes she probably hasn't even had the energy to look at. How do you know she didn't show thanks, but the message just hadn't been passed on?

cory Sat 24-Nov-12 08:42:42

"Because when I had DD last year I had 2nd degree tears and was told NOT to bathe in salt water or anything else, plain old water only, as it might cause infection in my stitches...."

Surely those instructions refer to bath salts (which are full of perfume and all sorts), not to plain old sodium? When I had tears I was told to avoid bath salts. Perhaps that's what the SIL has been told too?

AbigailAdams Sat 24-Nov-12 08:43:20

My thoughts exactly Lougle.

JessieMcJessie Sat 24-Nov-12 08:48:36

Ah yes, sorry it's not the OP's DH who's the stirrer, it's her brother. Question still stands though OP, don't you think he's enabling his wife's rudeness by passing on her message and returning the soup? Easiest thing in the world for him to eat it or chuck it and give you back the thermos. Sounds like he wanted to make you feel bad too.

Earslier than planned c-section date plus no salt makes me think pre-eclampsia and you sil has high BP which needs to come down. Home made soup is much better than shop bought for salt levels but sil may not know that.
Personally if you'd offered me chicken soup after giving birth I would probably have thrown up. No excuse at all for not saying thank you anyway.

littlemisspoppy Sat 24-Nov-12 12:17:37

I was never told about the salt thing either, I couldn't wait to eat peanuts again I think I would have cried if they said no salt!

Your SIL sounds rude, even if she can't have salt you weren't to know, she could have just said thank you, in future I wouldn't do anything nice for her, save it for someone who appreciates it!

Fakebook Sat 24-Nov-12 13:13:55

My brother is an arsehole too. He can't see beyond his wife or cares for his side of the family. My dad is seriously ill. He spends his time between my sister and I. This brother has never offered to help me even when I had my baby in January. My DS was 6 weeks old and I was dealing with my dad's fecal incontinence alone. He just took him to the doctor and then we never saw him again. My husband helped as much as he could but he was working long hours too and I didn't feel happy with my DH cleaning my dads mess because it was embarrassing dad.

I made her soup because she did make me some food when I had my son. I thought I'd repay the favour. It was hot in a thermos. No chance of food poisoning.

I gave her the clothes because she was desperate for them. Her sister gave her neutral coloured clothes and she wanted blue Boyish clothes. It's like I'm not going to have any more children, even though I'm still young and we're planning our third hopefully for next year. Tbf, some of the clothes in the bag were £1 and £2 clearance items from Next Clearance that she'd bought for DS when he was a baby. She'd taken the money from me to pay for them. DS was born very underweight and none of the clothes I had bought fitted him so I had to ask her to buy him one or two bits like sleep suits but she went and bought things that had parts missing and were slightly soiled from Next Clearance. DS didn't wear a lot of them so those things were in the bag too. Maybe that pissed her off? There were loads of other things aswell though that were really good quality from gap and m&s that I'd bought.

Meh. I can't be arsed. My life is hectic with dd and DS and dad already. I can't deal with her shitty behaviour aswell.

Cory no it was definitely salt, not bath salts.

I was told water only for the first five days, and then Badedas (which was fabulous - who knew?!) But definitely not salt. Maybe it's potential cross contamination - open wound, salt cellar with bacteria on? I have no idea, I was just told not to.

Yes they use saline in hospitals but that is sterile and in a sealed container.

BuddyTheChristmasElf Sat 24-Nov-12 22:17:11

I was told how to make my OWN "normal saline" solution by the MW (1tsp salt 1 ltr water) when I had my CS

i think it must be bath salts

Monty27 Mon 26-Nov-12 00:22:51

Injesting salt and bathing in salt are two very very differint things

WelshMaenad Mon 26-Nov-12 02:35:22

I was encouraged to use salt in the bath. That said, I took a jar of manuka honey into hospital and was slathering it all over the wound as soon as they took the pressure dressing off and whipped the wound drain out so maybe they felt I was lost cause!

I'd have ripped your arm off for some fresh home made soup post C section. Will you adopt me, Fakebook? I'll be your sibling. I'm even trained in personal care to muck in with your dad.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now